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2018 Annual Report

The Board of Health and Leadership of Southwestern Public Health are pleased and proud to present the first Annual Report of our new Health Unit, formed May 1, 2018.

This Report highlights the voluntary merger of Elgin St. Thomas Public Health with Oxford County Public Health, as well as the service delivery excellence that continued to happen alongside the work of amalgamation. Read highlights from the Board Chair, CEO and Medical Officer of Health, learn about service successes and find a link to our full audited financial statements.

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria and is spread through the bite of a blacklegged (deer) tick. But, not all blacklegged ticks carry the bacteria. Dog ticks and others kinds of ticks do not carry the bacteria for Lyme disease.

Ticks like areas with tall grass and bushes and they get on people who walk through these areas. Ticks cannot fly or jump.

Learn more:

How to Avoid Picking Up a Tick